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RESULT
3rd Match, Hambantota, December 07, 2022, Lanka Premier League
(15.4/20 ov, T:122) 122/1

Kings won by 9 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)

Match centre 
Scores: Sudeep Poojar
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Comms: Shashwat Kumar
Scorecard summary
Dambulla Aura 121/9(20 overs)
Jaffna Kings 122/1(15.4 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
Jordan CoxDBA89.2943(22)63.9689.29--0
Maheesh TheekshanaJK71.25--03/203.6771.25
Sadeera SamarawickramaJK54.3862(44)63.7654.38--0
Vijayakanth ViyaskanthJK51.04--03/243.0251.04
James FullerJK47.89--02/161.9647.89

6:22pm Well, that will be a wrap for this game. LPL action, though, does not stop. In an hour's time, the Galle Gladiators will take on the Kandy Falcons. For now, this is me (Shashwat) on behalf of Sudeep and Ranjith, signing off. Goodbye and take care!

Time for the post-match presentation!

Thisara Perera, Jaffna Kings captain: I have to mention our bowlers. They are doing really good job for us on these kinds of surfaces. (On Wellalage) They have so many left-handers so I did not need to give him the ball. Bhanuka played the left-armers really well, hence I did not bowl him (Wellalage).

Dasun Shanaka, Dambulla Aura captain: (Where did it go wrong) It is disappointing. The batting part, we did not do our jobs. We did not give ourselves a chance on that wicket. We threw our wickets away at regular intervals and it cost us the game. They bowled really well, plus we did not bat well in the middle phase. That is where we lost the game.

Sadeera Samarawickrama, Player of the Match: (About the innings) I would like to thank god first. Really happy that I delivered on the big stage. I was waiting for this opportunity and I was working hard. I had nothing to lose, so I had my plans. I backed myself and stuck to my basics. Really happy about the performance today.

6:10pm That was a convincing victory for the Kings in the end. They were put under some early pressure in their bowling innings, with Cox teeing off in the powerplay. Once Viyaskanth got the better of him, though, they controlled the match. Dambulla tried to stitch together partnerships but kept losing wickets, eventually finishing with a score that was well under par.

In the second innings, the pitch did play a little better, although credit must also be given to Avishka, who has not played a lot of cricket lately, and Samarawickrama, who was included as a replacement for Gurbaz. The pair bossed proceedings in the powerplay, and then continued that momentum in the middle overs. If yesterday's win was about them just getting past the finish line, today's victory was as comfortable as it could get. Ominous signs for the rest of the chasing pack, you'd assume!

15.4
4
Noor Ahmad to Randika, FOUR runs

and he seals the deal with a boundary! Fired down the leg side, and that is just too easy for Randika. He gets inside the line of the ball and glances it through fine leg to hand the Kings their second successive win!

Randika is the new batter at the crease

15.3
W
Noor Ahmad to Avishka Fernando, OUT

googly on a length outside off stump. Avishka has a swing at it but misses the ball completely. The keeper whips off the bails, and we go upstairs to check for the stumping! Oh, hang on! This is a lot closer than it first felt. Avishka has over-balanced a touch and the third umpire thinks that Cox has whipped off the bails just in time. Some part of the back foot seemed to be behind the line but it does not matter now - Avishka is on his way!

Avishka Fernando st †Cox b Noor Ahmad 51 (49b 4x4 1x6 ) SR: 104.08
15.2
1
Noor Ahmad to Samarawickrama, 1 run

full delivery on middle and leg stump. Samarawickrama lunges forward and turns it behind square on the leg side for one more run

15.1
1
Noor Ahmad to Avishka Fernando, 1 run

length delivery on middle and off stump. Avishka gets down on one knee and slogs it towards long on. The fielder flings out his right palm and saves the boundary

Six runs needed now. Surely the Kings will polish off this run-chase in this over? They will have to do it against Noor Ahmad

end of over 1512 runs
JK: 116/0CRR: 7.73 RRR: 1.20 • Need 6 from 30b
Avishka Fernando50 (47b 4x4 1x6)
Sadeera Samarawickrama61 (43b 7x4 1x6)
Lahiru Kumara 3-0-27-0
Noor Ahmad 3-0-22-0
14.6
1
Lahiru Kumara to Avishka Fernando, 1 run

oh dear! Low full toss just outside off stump. Avishka tips it towards short mid wicket and hares down for the single. He eventually makes it because the fielder misses his shy at the stumps

14.5
Lahiru Kumara to Avishka Fernando, no run

back of a length delivery outside off stump. Avishka gets onto the back foot and prods the ball towards backward point. Still on 49!

14.4
1
Lahiru Kumara to Samarawickrama, 1 run

another off-pace delivery on a back of a length on middle and off stump. Samarawickrama opens up his stance and heaves it towards deep square leg for one

14.3
2
Lahiru Kumara to Samarawickrama, 2 runs

slower delivery dug into the track on leg stump. Samarawickrama has an ugly hack at it and gets a top edge that bobbles down to fine leg

14.2
6
Lahiru Kumara to Samarawickrama, SIX runs

shot! In the slot on middle and leg stump, and Samarawickrama gives it everything he has! He backs away and smears it over long on for six

14.2
1w
Lahiru Kumara to Samarawickrama, 1 wide

dug into the track and that sails well over the batter's head. Samarawickrama ducks under it and that has rightly been called a wide by the umpire

14.1
1
Lahiru Kumara to Avishka Fernando, 1 run

back of a length delivery on leg stump. Avishka gets onto the back foot and flicks the ball towards deep backward square leg for a single

18 runs needed now, and with 10 wickets in hand. Can the Kings finish it off in the next two overs?

end of over 146 runs
JK: 104/0CRR: 7.42 RRR: 3.00 • Need 18 from 36b
Avishka Fernando48 (44b 4x4 1x6)
Sadeera Samarawickrama52 (40b 7x4)
Noor Ahmad 3-0-22-0
Lahiru Kumara 2-0-15-0
13.6
3
Noor Ahmad to Avishka Fernando, 3 runs

safe! Full delivery on middle and off stump. Avishka looks to go downtown but miscues his shot terribly. The ball goes miles up into the air but when it lands, it lands in between long off and long on. Superb effort by the fielder at long off, even though it went in vain

13.5
1b
Noor Ahmad to Samarawickrama, 1 bye

full delivery just outside off stump. Samarawickrama swings for the hills and makes no contact. The keeper, however, fumbles and allows a bye

13.4
1
Noor Ahmad to Avishka Fernando, 1 run

back of a length delivery outside off stump. Avishka waits in his crease and flat-bats it towards long off for a single

13.3
1
Noor Ahmad to Samarawickrama, 1 run

short and wide outside off stump. Samarawickrama goes back and dabs it towards deep point for a single

13.2
Noor Ahmad to Samarawickrama, no run

another delivery that does not give Samarawickrama enough room. He gets into position and plays it towards mid wicket

13.1
Noor Ahmad to Samarawickrama, no run

length delivery on middle and leg stump. Samarawickrama hangs back and pokes it down the ground

Oh, hello. Replays indicate that the second ball of the previous over grazed Samarawickrama's bat before going through to the keeper. There was not much excitement though

end of over 134 runs
JK: 98/0CRR: 7.53 RRR: 3.42 • Need 24 from 42b
Sadeera Samarawickrama51 (36b 7x4)
Avishka Fernando44 (42b 4x4 1x6)
Lahiru Kumara 2-0-15-0
Chaturanga de Silva 4-0-23-0
12.6
1
Lahiru Kumara to Samarawickrama, 1 run

full delivery on middle and leg stump. Samarawickrama presses forward and knocks it down the ground for another single

12.5
1
Lahiru Kumara to Avishka Fernando, 1 run

length delivery outside off stump. Avishka throws the kitchen sink at it and skews it off the outside edge towards third man for a single

12.4
1
Lahiru Kumara to Samarawickrama, 1 run

back of a length delivery on leg stump. Samarawickrama gets into a bit of a tangle but manages to work it behind square on the leg side for a single. Brings up his fifty too, off 35 balls!

Best performances - batters
S Samarawickrama
S Samarawickrama JK
62 runs (44)
7 fours1 six
Control
73%
Productive shot
cut shot
11 runs
1 four0 six
9931647410
WIA Fernando
WIA Fernando JK
51 runs (49)
4 fours1 six
Control
73%
Productive shot
cover drive
14 runs
2 fours0 six
189515445
Best performances - bowlers
M Theekshana
M Theekshana JK
O
4
M
0
R
20
W
3
ECO
5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
V Viyaskanth
V Viyaskanth JK
O
4
M
0
R
24
W
3
ECO
6
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
TossDambulla Aura, elected to bat first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Kings
Sadeera Samarawickrama
Match days07 December 2022 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
Sri Lanka
Lyndon Hannibal
Sri Lanka
Ranmore Martinesz
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Chandrika Amarasinghe
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Graeme Labrooy
PointsJaffna Kings 2, Dambulla Aura 0
Language
English
Hindi
Win Probability
JK 100%
DBAJK
100%50%100%DBA InningsJK Innings

Over 16 • JK 122/1

Avishka Fernando st †Cox b Noor Ahmad 51 (49b 4x4 1x6 ) SR: 104.08
W
Kings won by 9 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)
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